To keep a tab on the quality of education in the municipal schools, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to conduct regular inspections. However, to make this exercise more effective, inspectors will not visit the schools in their zones. Rather, they will be sent to other zones. For example, the school inspectors deployed in west zone will visit the schools in central zone and vice versa. The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the education committee.
SDMC has four zones — central, south, south-west and west. Each zone has about eight school inspectors who visit schools once in a week in their respective areas. But, it was observed that the problems at these schools were often ignored by them. Hence, the agency decided to send inspectors to other zones. This inspection would be carried out once in a fortnight.
Yashpal Arya, chairman of the education committee, said, “The decision was pending for some time as we were waiting for the newly appointed teachers to join. We gave them some time to settle at work. The initiative will help in removing the anomalies in the education system and getting an actual report about the schools’ status.”
The school inspectors are responsible to verify the maintenance, cleanliness and infrastructure in schools. They are also supposed to authenticate the quality of the mid-day meal and the education imparted to the children. Besides, examining the surroundings is also the job of a school inspector. “They submit their reports to the deputy director (education), who discusses it during the education committee meeting held each month,” said an official from the education department.
According to Arya, the inspectors will especially keep an eye over the schools where the performance of students is declining. “We will not consider the teachers of such schools for SDMC awards. Teachers should work hard with children to ensure they perform well in classes,” he said.